Summer is just around the corner and now is the time for future Lifeguards to get their certifications. This April, The Connection is holding a Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course.

The Lifeguard Certification course will be held on April 21 (7:00-10:00pm), April 22, 23, 29 and 30 (10:00-5:00pm).  Participants must attend all class sessions.

This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies, as well as provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. The course content and activities prepare participants to respond quickly and effectively in order to prevent drowning and injuries. This course will reflect the new 2017 American Red Cross updated course materials.

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Course prerequisites are as follows: Participants must be age 15 by completion of the course. Swim 300 yards continuously using front crawl and breaststroke demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke with face out of the water, surface dive 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim (using only legs) 20 yards back to the starting point while holding the object with both hands and exiting the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only.

Participants who successfully pass all practical skills and written tests with a score of 80% or better will receive 1 certification card in Lifeguarding/First Aid (valid for 2 years) and 1 certification card in CPR-PR/AED (valid for 1 year).

To register or for more information call 908-273-4242, stop by 79 Maple Street in Summit, or visit TheConnectionOnline.org.